Modern technology is certainly a precious boon to humankind. With each innovation, discovery and development of technology, we advance to a better future and efficient life. Technology has undoubtedly helped civilised mankind to survive and sustain, but we have not even achieved the Type I status of civilization as per the Kardashev scale which he designed in 1964. We are not even on the advancement towards Type I civilization as we still sustain energy needs from favorable soil, discovered coal, dead plants, and animals. We are merely a Type 0 civilization. The physicists tend to believe that with current progress of science, we can expect to reach type I in another 200-250 years, which is a long way to travel with current progress of science where military funds are allocated more than that of scientific research funds. While some physicists believe that humans will go either way with the current trend i.e. type I or type -1 civilization. There is no such thing as type -1 civilization, but I would sincerely like to name the future human civilization type -1 which is where I believe, we are heading now. We have been universally using science to make our modern life easier since prehistoric times, knowingly or unknowingly. The precise knowledge and valuable information have been passed down from countless generation to generation in various forms of communication. We still use some ancient technology that scientists genuinely believe are outside of the scientist realm of the then civilization. So, how did our ancestors use science better than us modern humans? We typically claim to be superior beings, but various theories subtly suggest presence of extra-terrestrial bodies that helped our ancestors since no logical or scientific explanations can be provided to some technologies which were used in ancient times. This can be the key topic for another blog but for now, we will typically focus on the gradual development of modern science.
Maize has been domesticated for agriculture in the past 9,000 years ago. Similarly, there are some evidences to indicate the development of astronomical knowledge in preliterate times. If there were proper forms of communications, would we have become more advanced and civilized? Would we have proper answers to some of the complex questions regarding ancient technologies? We can wisely let the scientists reasonably argue on that. If the use of science has been dated to more than 9,000 years ago, why are we still not a Type I Civilization? Are we waiting eagerly for a radical development in science overnight? Or are we too busy to focus on other aspects of civilization that we have not devoted enough resources towards science? Either way, the current scientific development suggests that we might not even reach Type I civilization where we would be able to harness all the energy from Earth. To progressively become a type I civilization, we genuinely need to efficiently produce 100,000 times more energy, which is completely insane. The level of energy that we produce is the indicator of our civilization. But what in common is energy? Energy can be defined in terms of psychological sense, social sense, scientific sense, but the meaning is the same. Over the course of time, we human have evolved to exploit more sources of energy from coal to atom. Learning to economically exploit potential sources of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy is also a process of civilization. The main question is, have we been hungry enough to evolve quickly or did we just wait for the demand of time to evolve?
Technology has certainly evolved to the next stage in the last 100 years or so, but it has not been growing as traditionally expected. As innocent children, we all heard that there will be flying cars by the end of 20th century but the most we have achieved in terms of transportation is electric cars. Flying cars are only possible in animated movies, not in practical reality, not until now. If flying cars were a necessity and demand of time, will we have produced that? Or if we were forced to travel by air, will we have manufactured flying cars? My perspective is that we either we wait for demand of time or until we are naturally forced to do so inevitably.
Not every country has been fortunate to properly contain the pandemic caused by COVID-19 in its early stage. Some countries implemented strict measures to control the pandemic, and they have been successful too while some countries saw the death rate climb up each passing day. More than 100 promising vaccines are on development and some are even on clinical trials. The current rate of trials and error will render the formulation of working formula for effective vaccine to at least another two more years. It can be even more, or an effective vaccine might never be developed, and we will learn to adjust with the virus. If the scientists already knew the existence of such viruses, why were there no initiatives? Did we just wait for the right time for the pandemic to spread? Or we human are now forced to make a cure against the virus or learn to live with it? We might not even see a successful vaccine and our bodies might adjust the virus. Maybe the pandemic will be like HIV and lurk around for ages to come. If we are successful, we will progress towards type I or we might as well go towards extinction since one virus can lead to other diseases. Everything and everyone are part of the science, so we must focus on science rather than world politics.